GREEN MSP SUPPORTS CHRISTMAS TREE APPEAL TO HELP EDINBURGH HOMELESS

Robin Harper MSP today visited the distribution centre for Bethany Christian Trust ‘Caring Christmas Trees’ at The Gyle, Edinburgh, to show his support for the award-winning scheme. The proceeds from each tree sold are used to buy a person sleeping rough a hot meal, a bed for the night, breakfast and advice at Bethany Christian Trust’s Winter Care Shelter. 

Mr Harper, Lothians Green MSP, said, “I’d like to congratulate all the volunteers who have helped on the Caring Christmas Tree Appeal for 2006 and all those people who have ordered their tree from Bethany. This year, the tree will not only brighten up their house, it could also provide a beacon of hope for the capital’s homeless.” 

All trees have now been pre-ordered and sold and this is the final weekend for customers to collect trees. Over 3000 trees have been sold raising over £40,000 to tackle homelessness in the capital.   

The charity adopted the ground-breaking scheme last year to help fund its life-saving shelter, which annually costs £90,000 to run. 

Catherine Rawlinson-Watkins, Fundraising Manager, Bethany Christian Trust, said: “It’s great to have the support of the Gyle and our other distribution centres which offer people the opportunity to order a tree while doing the weekly shop. It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialisation of Christmas and it’s fantastic that so many people took stock last year and made a purchase that really made a difference. Our Christmas trees are fantastic and the same price as you’d pay anywhere else – plus they help to save lives. That’s pretty amazing.” 

The Caring Christmas Tree Appeal was awarded ‘Best Community Fundraising Appeal’ by the

Institute of
Fundraising,
Scotland on Wednesday, November 1st. The campaign beat off stiff competition from the likes of the

Kelvingrove
Art
Gallery’s massive refurbishment appeal to scoop the top award. 

Trees on sale are sourced from sustainable forests by members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. 

For more information about Bethany Christian Trust visit www.bethanychristiantrust.com.

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